While we’re trying to evaluate the claims of chemical weapon use in Syria and how much 20% enriched uranium Iran has where and whether North Korea is planning another test, it’s helpful to look back at how intelligence developed for other situations.
On Friday April 19th Russian President Putin and Egyptian President Morsi met in Suchi to discuss expanded cooperation and trade. As part of the discussion, Egypt broached the idea of working with the Russian government agency Rosatom.
The feared 75% cut to the budget for constructing the mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication facility in South Carolina did not happen. The cut may be 53% or it may be 27%, depending on whose calculations you read.
The nuclear weapons have been disassembled, the pits have gone to the ARIES line to be converted to plutonium oxide powder, and the plutonium oxide is canned and ready to transport to the fuel element manufacturing facility.
Do you ever read the IAEA safeguards reports and think they are written in gibberish? That is because the nuclear safeguard community has their own language and culture. I reviewed the most recent report IAEA report published in Feb. 2013, and try to make clear where Iran stands on their 20% uranium enrichment and how close Iran is to what Israeli PM Netanyahu referred to as the “red line” for attack.